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Published: July 30th 2006
The Infamous Birthday Hat!
Here it is- the infamous birthday hat. The tradition is simple, if it is your birthday, you wear the hat while everyone sings "Happy Birthday!" to you. My students just love this!
Birthdays have always been of importance to me, not only mine but of those near and dear to me as well. After all, our birthday is our day and celebrates each of us coming into this world.
Something definately worth remembering!
Despite a number of interesting variations around the world in the way birthdays are celebrated, it seems there are a number of common factors that transcend many cultural barriers: the birthday cake with candles, birthday card, birthday song and ,of course, birthday presents!
My students inform me that, in China, they celebrate their birthday twice, once on the day and the other at New Year, where everyone celebrates the start of another year. Children are given money in red envelopes and treated to new clothes as well. I have asked them all to write their birthdays on one of the Oz calenders I brought with me. It's a bit confusing, as they use the Lunar calendar, and of course mine is based on the solar one. I have asked them to humour me and use the solar calendar! Although incredibly shy, they love being acknowledged in this way. Many of my students live far from home and they
The Inspiration Behind The Birthday Hat
My friend Leanne (Falsies) inspired me to bring the tradition of the birthday hat to China.
have told me that it really helped their home sickness to have someone recognise their birthday. Such small things make such a difference to these charming young people.
Since March was a busy month for friends' and family birthdays, I therefore dedicate this brief blog to those dear to me whom I won't be able to celebrate your special day with you this year.
To my friends at Border H4, this is to show you that I brought a little bit of Border tradition with me!
Finally, to my wonderful students- here you are on the net!
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